The principal tasks of the Norwegian Home Guard are to safeguard territorial integrity, protect important infrastructure, support national crisis management, strengthen the military presence and provide support to civil society.
The Home Guard is divided into 4 regions, 11 districts and more than 200 areas covering all of Norway. In addition to this, there are 12 land rapid forces consisting of specially selected, trained and equipped personell which can respond and deploy quickly.
With its local knowledge, the Home Guard is an important connection between the Armed Forces and civil society.
The Commander of the Home Guard is responsible for force production and to man the Home Guard's war structure, making use of the territorial district staffs, schools and competence centres for this purpose. The Chief is supported by the Home Guard Staff based at Terningmoen in Elverum. The current Chief of the Home Guard is Major General Elisabeth Gifstad Michelsen.
- 12 rapid-reaction intervention forces capable of rapid response in securing objects of vital importance, surveillance and resisting intrusion
- 220 Land Home Guard areas with capabilities similar to those of the intervention forces. The areas have a longer reaction time but greater endurance than the intervention forces
Education and training centres:
- The Home Guard Training Centre, Dombås, with a subsidiary establishment, the Home Guard Officer Candidate School, at Porsangmoen